January 2013 | Dr. Stephen Gullo

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Is Weight Loss Necessary for Fitness?

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Fitness and Weight Loss

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Obesity is linked to so many health complications, from infertility issues to type 2 diabetes to symptoms of arthritis. Aside from the medical problems, most people pursue weight loss to feel and look better. As Dr. Gullo points out, you’ll have to wear the food that you choose to eat. But is it possible to be fit and obese? A new study was published in the European Heart Journal that analyzed over 43,000 participants. The study author acknowledged the many medical complications of obesity, but went on to state that some obese people may have a reduced risk of complications because of their metabolic health.

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Why Taco Bell Doesn’t Want You to Eat Your Veggies & Lose Weight

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Don't Lose Weight with Taco Bell

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It’s pretty obvious that fast food isn’t the best thing to eat for those who want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, so it shouldn’t be shocking that Taco Bell is demonizing vegetables. Their recent marketing campaign for the Super Bowl is really just another way to raise brand awareness and encourage people to ditch the hot wings in favor of tacos. But research has shown that the human brain is susceptible to advertisements, specifically where food is concerned. Taco Bell had aired a TV ad that mocked people who brought vegetables to Super Bowl parties, saying that the other guests secretly hated them.

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Looking for a Super Bowl Hot Wing Recipe? These Crowd-Pleasers Won’t Wreck Your Diet

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Hot Wing Recipe for Super Bowl

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Some foods convey a sense of family (i.e. turkey dinners = Thanksgiving), some foods are linked with certain activities (i.e. popcorn at the movies), and some foods are inherently part of a certain culture (i.e. sushi and Japanese culture). Part of exploring your food history as per Dr. Gullo’s recommendations is identifying what motivates you to overeat. Many of us stuff our faces full of hot wings for the Super Bowl because, well, football and hot wings just go together. But if you’re trying to convince yourself that a delicious hot wing recipe is okay to indulge in just because it’s chicken – and chicken’s healthy, right? – think again. An order of Buffalo wings will easily top 1,000 calories. Boneless, classic hot wings at Applebee’s are 1,170 calories per order. If you absolutely must eat hot wings during the Super Bowl, make them yourself and use food substitutions to lower the calorie count, fat content, and sodium. Bake, broil, or grill them, and always use reduced-sodium hot sauce. Use nonfat Greek yogurt as a healthier substitute for bleu cheese. Check out our hot wing recipe recommendations below for inspiration.

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Veganize Your Super Bowl: 7 Must-Try Hot Wings Recipes

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Hot Wings Recipes for Super Bowl

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Veganism is becoming a lot more popular these days, and not just because celebrities like Natalie Portman are hooked on it. A well-balanced vegan diet is low in fat and chock full of healthy stuff like veggies, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. However, it’s very important to make sure you get the right nutrients in your diet by finding alternative sources of iron, protein, and vitamin B complex. These hot wings recipes below are a good start; one of them even adds blackstrap molasses for iron. Plus, they’re a great way to celebrate your Super Bowl Sunday without drowning in greasy, fatty chicken wings. Even if you aren’t vegan, consider giving these hot wings recipes a try. Healthier food substitutions like these will fit right into your Dr. Gullo weight loss plan.

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7 Mashed Potato Substitutes To Easily Cut Calories in Your Diet Plan the Easy Way

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Potatoes in Diet Plan

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Many of us crave comfort foods during the winter months, and that can put a serious damper on your healthy eating diet plan. Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite treats entirely, use Dr. Gullo’s diet plan recommendations for healthy food substitutions. There are so many possibilities for mashed potato substitutes that it’s hard not to find one that you’ll love. Although potatoes do contain some important nutrients for your health, they’re also quite starchy and they raise your blood sugar levels quickly. This is particularly detrimental for those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Instead, try adding these substitutes into your diet plan. Remember to also find healthier swaps for the traditional mashed potato toppings like butter and sour cream. Instead, try soy milk, faux butter, nonfat Greek yogurt, and fresh herbs.

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Is Public Shaming the Answer to Weight Loss?

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Weight Loss and Obesity

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A bioethics leader has issued some controversial remarks regarding weight loss and the obesity crisis. Daniel Callahan, the co-founder and President Emeritus of The Hastings Center, has stated that the obesity crisis is one of the greatest public health concerns of our time. To that end, he recommends a strategy of stigmatizing those who are overweight and obese via a marketing campaign. Stigmatizing has done wonders for other issues – case in point, have you seen an anti-smoking ad lately? Even the IRS uses it to shame those who owe huge sums in back taxes, including celebrities. But would it really benefit those who could benefit from weight loss?

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Is Your Car More Likely to Kill You if You’re Obese? Another Compelling Weight Loss Motivator

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Weight Loss and Car Crashes

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Are you losing your weight loss motivation? Here’s some extra incentive for you. There are so many medical complications that can arise from obesity, from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure to arthritis and infertility. But now, according to a recent study, obesity could also contribute to vehicle-related fatalities. The research was published in the Emergency Medicine Journal. The researchers used data on traffic accidents, including those involving fatalities that occurred within 30 days of an accident. Data from 1996 to 2008 was analyzed. The researchers limited their analysis to accidents involving two passenger vehicles. They found that nearly half of the drivers were of a normal weight, nearly 20% were obese, and the rest were overweight.

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You’re Putting WHAT In Your Oatmeal?? Savory Ideas for Weight Loss!

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Oatmeal for Weight Loss

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Us Westerners tend to think of breakfast as an opportunity to indulge in sugary Pop Tarts, sugary cereal, sugary pastries… and so on. And even when we eat healthy stuff like oatmeal for weight loss, it seems perfectly natural to put gobs of brown sugar or honey in it. Start a new food trend at your breakfast table by trying savory oatmeal dishes. It’s a great way to add more veggies into your diet plan, cut calories and fat, and expand your palate all at once. If the idea of savory oatmeal is a bit off-putting to you, think of it as being similar to rice – they’re both grains, after all. These recipes are already great for weight loss and require few alterations, but do use Dr. Gullo’s method of food substitution to reduce calories as needed (i.e. fake butter substitute instead of the real deal).

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Baked Treats Really CAN be a Healthy Breakfast: Oatmeal Ideas for Weight Loss

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Oatmeal for Weight Loss

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The first month of the New Year is coming to an end. So how are you doing with your weight loss goals so far? If you’ve slipped up a little bit, the important thing is not to beat yourself up about it. Just focus on moving forward with your weight loss and making small changes that are sustainable for the long haul. Some people like to focus on overhauling one meal at a time instead of changing their entire diet plans at once. Breakfast is a great place to start. If you’re accustomed to eating pastries in the morning, you can still eat something that’s similar to a pastry, but a whole lot healthier. Try baked oatmeal with plenty of fruit, or try savory baked oatmeal with veggies. We tend to worship oatmeal around here, with good reason. It’s packed with fiber for weight loss, will keep you full all morning long, and you can customize it to taste like pretty much anything you wish. Just remember to use healthy food substitutions, like skim or soy milk instead of 2%.

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Restrictive Diet Plan? Ditch It! Have Your “Cake” and Eat It Too

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Cake on a Diet Plan

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A big part of a successful diet plan for weight loss is the mental aspect of it. The patients of Dr. Gullo who have managed to successfully lose the weight and keep it off have changed their attitudes toward food. They’ve done that through smart food substitutions – like eating low-calorie, low-sugar desserts instead of trying to cut them out entirely. If you’ve got a thing for cake, change your approach to eating it. Eat healthier fake “cakes” that are packed with nutrient-dense veggies like kale and high-protein whole grains like quinoa. And remember that they don’t necessarily have to be vegetarian to be healthy – check out the salmon cake recipe on our list. Good ideas for toppers might include low-sodium salsa or nonfat, plain Greek yogurt.

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